Christian Vicodin Addiction Treatment
A popular painkiller often prescribed after surgery, Vicodin is an incredibly common drug. Many patients use Vicodin for a few days after a procedure and continue on with life, but others find even a minimal amount intoxicating. As such, falling into a cycle of addiction can be easy, especially for those facing long-term pain and regular Vicodin use.
Opioid use and addiction has skyrocketed in the United States over the last several years, with more than 139 million prescriptions written in 2010. Addiction does not discriminate by religion, and even Christians are at risk for a Vicodin dependency. As a Christian, admitting the need for help outside of God isn’t necessarily easy, but treatment is often the best thing you can do for your health. Road to Freedom is a Christ-centered approach to addiction treatment, giving you the tools you need to recover while staying true to your belief in the Lord.
Romans 5:3-5 states that “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Suffering is a part of life, but you don’t have to fight alone. Rehab can help you, once more, find God’s love by breaking free from the bonds of addiction.
If you or someone you love is facing a Vicodin addiction and has strayed from the path of God, Road to Freedom is here to help. Call today for a free consultation with compassionate Christian counselors at (844) 402-3605. With 24/7 availability, we are always here to offer you the Christ-centered help you need.
What Is Vicodin?
Vicodin is the trade name for a drug made of a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a strong opioid pain reliever that is extremely addictive with regular use and acetaminophen, more commonly known as Tylenol, can heighten effects and amplify pain fighting abilities. Vicodin works by targeting the mu-opioid receptors in the brain to decrease pain signals.
Used for moderate to severe pain, Vicodin can be prescribed by a wide range of doctors after virtually any painful medical procedure. When used properly, it can make recovery from painful injuries or surgeries easier, but improper use can lead to a euphoric sensation that eliminates mental pain. Vicodin abusers often feel relaxed and happy, as if nothing can harm them.
As a legal drug, many Christians feel better about taking Vicodin than an illicit substance like crystal meth or cocaine. However this is a misconception held by many people, Vicodin is extremely addictive and is very similar to heroin in form and function, creating a habit in a matter of weeks.
How Vicodin Addiction Starts
In most cases, Vicodin addiction starts with a legal prescription. Many doctors prescribe Vicodin after common medical procedures, like a wisdom tooth extraction or setting a broken bone. In general, Vicodin is to be taken as needed rather than on a set schedule, providing in-the-moment pain relief. This can actually increase chances of addiction, as patients may begin to associate Vicodin’s release with any unpleasant experience, creating both a psychological and biological need in moments of pain or stress.
Over time, increased use can lead to a tolerance, requiring more Vicodin to achieve the same euphoric feelings. This can also lead to an inability to feel pleasure normally when not taking drugs, resulting in a need for high levels of opioids in order to trigger endorphins in the brain.
Once a Vicodin addiction starts, securing additional drugs may become a challenge. Some prescriptions come with a refill or two, but doctors know that pain relief won’t be necessary forever. In order to acquire more, some addicted individuals may go to desperate lengths, including theft, faking injuries, and black market purchases. Some may even switch to heroin due the structural similarities, lower price point, and increased access.
Signs of Vicodin Addiction
Vicodin addiction manifests in numerous ways. Some signs may be obvious to friends or family, but many addicts attempt to lead normal lives, keeping their symptoms in check when in public or around others. Common signs of addiction include:
- Sweating and flushed skin
- Jitters and anxiety
- Slurred speech
- Nausea and vomiting
- An inability to focus
- Apathy in previous interests or passions
- Irritability when questioned about behavior
- An obsession with finding more pills
- Secretive phone calls
As tolerance builds, many addicts feel the need to take more Vicodin more often. This can exacerbate symptoms of addiction, and makes overdose more likely. Despite the implied safeness of a legal and medically prescribed drug, Vicodin overdoses are both possible and fatal. Signs of oversode include:
- Loss of appetite or nausea
- Vomiting and stomach pain
- Confusion and weakness
- Dark urine
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes
- Trouble breathing
These symptoms should be taken extremely seriously. Even without overdose, excessive opioid use is extremely dangerous, leading to kidney damage and organ failure, causing irreparable consequences to your overall health.
Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms may not be visible in those currently in the midst of an addiction, but may arise during detox or if Vicodin pills are inaccessible. If you notice these symptoms in yourself or others who you suspect may have an addiction, the time to act is now. Withdrawal can be a long, painful process and professional help makes a difference.
Common Vicodin withdrawal symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach discomfort
- Bone and muscle pain
- Chills and fever
Addiction is a serious issue, and the devastating effects of a Vicodin dependency can be life-threatening. With our help, you can receive the assistance you need in a Christian environment with therapists who know how to address what you are going through. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or those you care about to overcome Vicodin addiction.
Living life as a Christian in a world of temptation can be a challenge. It is hard to uphold Godly ideals at all times, and Christians who make mistakes often feel guilty or ashamed. However, there is nothing wrong with seeking help. This does not make you weak or a failure; it makes you human, exactly as God intended.
Forgiveness is often the first step in recovery, and Road to Freedom is dedicated to guiding you through this process. Throughout your therapy, we will help you to admit that you have a problem and teach you how to forgive yourself while rebuilding your relationship in the Lord.
1 John 1:9 says that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” By confronting your addiction and helping you to forgive yourself for your transgressions, you can find the inner strength necessary to undergo medical detox and intensive recovery.
We believe in the word of God, and we will use Biblical teachings, sermons, and inner reflection to help those who need it most. In time, through professional counseling, assistance from doctors and nurses, and regular prayer, we will help you to do what’s necessary to break away from your addiction.
Finding Guidance in God
Inpatient rehabilitation is a big step forward, but it’s one of the best things you can do for your body, mind, spirit, and faith. As a Christian rehab program, Road to Freedom provides you with the tools you need to make the most of Christ’s love. By removing you from your access to drugs and the environmental triggers that facilitated your addiction, we are able to help you start over.
Through your time with us, we will walk with you in the teachings of God. Our program is multi-faceted, providing numerous ways to come to terms with your addiction, make amends to those you hurt, and bask in the glory of the Lord’s forgiveness. We will explore the root causes of your addiction, identifying weaknesses and providing the strength you need to avoid repeating your mistakes.
We employ numerous opportunities within Road to Freedom, utilizing a combination of trained counselors and doctors, pastors, and faith leaders to provide support in all elements of life. Our programs include:
- Individual counseling sessions
- Bible studies
- Church services
- Group sessions
- Comprehensive addiction and recovery education
Rehabilitation and Recovery
Recovery from addiction to substances, including Vicodin, is a lifelong battle. A big part of Road to Freedom involves teaching accountability and adherence to God’s word, helping Christians from all walks to life to live as normally as possible after the conclusion of inpatient rehabilitation.
In addition to helping you overcome your addiction, we will also provide you with a strong foundation for the future, offering access to an aftercare program that allows you to better your life, restore your family, and avoid the temptation of relapse. Together, we will create a path to help you best live your life through the teachings of God.
If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to Vicodin, professional intervention is essential. Road to Freedom is a faith-based recovery program, helping Christians who have lost their way to find the Lord once again. Please call (844) 402-3605 now for a free consultation and to learn more about what we can do to help. Christian admissions counselors are standing by 365 days a year, both day and night, to take your call.